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Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates

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A federally-qualified health center (FQHC) reduced patient no-show rates by 14 percent by implementing a four-pronged intervention that prioritized patient education, practice communication, and better appointment scheduling...

Health Org Offers Patient Education Tools for Brain Tumor Therapy

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The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has created a set of patient education tools and initiatives to help equip brain tumor patients and their family caregivers with the information necessary to make informed healthcare...

Medicaid Expansion Boosts Patient Access to Surgical Care

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The Medicaid expansion prompted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped support patient access to surgical care, according to a group of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in JAMA...

Efficient Prior Authorization Key for Patient Access to Treatment

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A group of healthcare industry leadership groups have banded together to improve the prior authorization process, in turn supporting streamlined patient access to treatment. The coalition – which includes the likes of the AMA, AHA,...

Pilot Program Introduces Nurse Navigators to Fill Gaps in Care

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) are launching a joint pilot program connecting cancer patients with nurse navigators to fill gaps in care. When a patient is undergoing...

Proposed Bill to Protect 340B Program, Patient Access to Treatment

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), MD, has introduced legislation that would close hospital loopholes in the 340B Program, which helps low-income and uninsured patients access treatment and medications with fewer financial...

Simple Patient Education Tools Key for Correct Opioid Disposal

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Straightforward and actionable patient education tools increase the likelihood that a patient will dispose of her left-over pain medications properly, according to a new study published in Journal of the American College of...

Executive Order Calls to Aid Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

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President Trump has signed an executive ordered aimed at expanding veteran access to mental healthcare during transitions from military service to civilian life. The order, titled “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition...

3 Things to Know to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

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As more non-profit hospitals gear up for a new year of addressing the social determinants of health, they have begun issuing notices for completing their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). From Illinois to New Jersey, healthcare...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

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Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health...

Hospital Funds $250K in Housing Aid, Social Determinants of Health

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The University of Illinois Hospital has reinvested $250,000 into their Better Health Through Housing program, which helps address the social determinants of health such as housing security. The social determinants of health are external...

What are the Pros and Cons of Retail, Urgent Care Clinics?

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Retail and urgent care clinics are an ever-growing segment of the healthcare industry. These alternative treatment sites allow patients to receive care from qualified provider in settings outside of the traditional office or emergency...

Drug Formulary Exclusion Lists Reduce Patient Access to Treatment

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Drug formulary exclusion lists are getting longer, making it more difficult for patients to access the medications and treatments they may need to manage their illnesses, according to a recent study from the Doctor-Patient Rights...

Exploring Open Access Scheduling in Patient Access to Care

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The elusive same-day appointment is top-of-mind for healthcare organizations who are looking to increase convenience and patient access to care. Using open access scheduling processes, facilities and clinics can ensure most, if not all,...

Understanding Physician Shortage Issues, Patient Care Access

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Patients often face several barriers that hinder patient care access, ranging from ability to pay for the care encounter to obtaining transportation to the doctor’s office. But now a new barrier is emerging and will likely hinder...

How Can Health Orgs Address the Social Determinants of Health?

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The social determinants of health are an increasingly important concept in value-based healthcare. Defined as the external factors that affect patient health, the social determinants of health can influence whether a patient develops a...

Hospital, OCR Enter Deal to Aid Patient-Provider Communication

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The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) has entered into an agreement with various federal agencies to improve patient-provider communication for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deafness and hearing impairment are key...

Racial Disparities Emerge in Hospice Care Outcomes, Experience

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Racial disparities exist for patients in hospice care outcomes, as African American patients experience higher emergency department utilization, readmission, and hospice disenrollment rates than their white counterparts, according to...

Ambulance Use Down 7%, Patients Access Care Via Rideshare

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Rideshare services such as Uber are revolutionizing the way patients access care, with far more patients opting for an Uber than an ambulance ride during a non-life-threatening medical emergency, according to a working paper out of the...

The Role of Telehealth Tech in Patient Engagement Strategies

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NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens have partnered to offer telehealth technology in retail-based health kiosks across New York City. The move is a part of both entities’ patient engagement strategies and efforts to offer better...

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